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Hundreds of York County residents surveyed in January rated their hometown as “excellent.”
The survey, conducted by private survey research firm Responsive Management, posed York County adults 17 questions over the phone.
The questions ranged from, “Is York County in general getting better, staying the same or getting worse” and “What is the main reason you live in York County?” to “How would you rate York County as a place to work?”
Mark Duda, the executive director of Responsive Management, said the results were “phenomenal.”
“Your citizens are giving you an ‘A’ report card,” he said when he presented the findings to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Fifty-two percent of citizens rated the overall quality of life in York County as “excellent,” while 44 percent rated the quality of life as “good.”
Government services categorized as “excellent” included fire and life rescue, libraries, the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, the York County School Division and the York County Sports Complex, while services to the disadvantaged and adult recreation programs had the least number of “excellent” votes.
In an open-ended question asking residents the main reason they chose York County, 34 percent of respondents said the quality of schools, and 62 percent said York County was an excellent place to raise children.
On the low end of the “excellent” category, 15 percent of citizens named employment opportunities and 7 percent named driving on county roads.
“The overwhelming majority of York County residents [98%] agree with the statement that York County is, in general, a safe place to live, with 73% saying that they strongly agree,” Duda wrote in the survey results.
Duda and his staff also performed the survey in 2011 and showed the supervisors how the overall rating had approved in almost every category.
“Not only are you guys getting really good ratings, but they are increasing,” he said.
When comparing the upper part of the county with the lower part, Upper York County citizens had lower percentages in almost every category.
Duda said the two items the county needed to work on was getting “a hold of the traffic situation” and examining the reasons for the disparity between Upper and Lower York County.
“You’re validating what we already suspected,” Chairman Tom Shepperd said. “In so many cases, and from time to time, you will hear from a very, very small number of people that things are going to hell in a handbasket. But in truth, they are not.”
The findings of the survey can be found here.